It was a fruitful morning in terms of UNT news and notes. Here’s the latest from around the world of the Mean Green.
First off, I got a call back from Sulphur Springs head coach Greg Owens. We talked for a couple of minutes about Willy Ivery. Owens had Ivery’s career stats. He has 74 total touchdowns, 2,653 rushing yards and 1,977 receiving yards.
“He’s a guy who wants to touch the ball,” Owens said. “He’s an electric force with the ball in his hands.”
Owens said coaches from Big 12 and SEC school’s liked Ivery’s abilities. They just thought he was too short at 5-9 to be a wide receiver and too small at 181 pounds to be a running back at the major conference level. UNT came in and snagged him.
He sounds like a great get for UNT.
On the regents front, UNT’s naming rights deal for the club level in Apogee Stadium with HUB International is on the docket for the board meeting on Thursday. We should know more about how much that deal will land UNT at some point in the next few days.
The UNT men’s basketball team plays at BYU tonight. We talked to a couple of players for an advance in today’s paper.
Facing the Cougars will be a big challenge for UNT. BYU is that good. The Cougars only losses are to teams ranked in the Top 25.
I also checked in with Erven Davis to see where former SMU standout Jalen Jones is in terms of transferring. Jones’ former AAU coach said he is still in the process of setting up visits.
When it comes to football, I checked in to see what the story is with next year’s game with Nicholls State. The contract is not finalized yet, but it is a one-game contract that will give UNT another home game.
UNT bought in Idaho this year. Nicholls State will help soften the schedule with Texas, Indiana and SMU already on the slate.